As Connecticut works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of the Freedom of Information Commission has begun returning to the Commission’s office on a limited basis.  However, the building continues to be closed to the general public.  During this time of reopening, a limited number of staff will work at the Commission’s office while others will continue to telework.   The Commission resumed its schedule of Regular Meetings on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  Commission meetings will be conducted via telephone and teleconference until such time as restrictions allow a public meeting to be held at the Commission's offices.  Instructions for real-time public access to the Commission’s meetings will be published and included with each meeting agenda.   Additionally, a recording of each meeting will be posted on the Commission’s website.  Contested case hearings are being conducted remotely by telephone and videoconference. The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.

Sec. 1-213.  (Formerly Sec. 1-19b).  Agency administration.  Disclosure of personnel, birth and tax records.  Disclosure of voice mails by public agencies.  Judicial records and proceedings.(a)  The Freedom of Information Act shall be:
            (1)  Construed as requiring each public agency to open its records concerning the administration of such agency to public inspection; and
            (2)  Construed as requiring each public agency to disclose information in its personnel files, birth records or confidential tax records to the individual who is the subject of such information.
            (b)  Nothing in the Freedom of Information Act shall be deemed in any manner to:
            (1)  Affect the status of judicial records as they existed prior to October 1, 1975, nor to limit the rights of litigants, including parties to administrative proceedings, under the laws of discovery of this state;
            (2)  Require disclosure of any record of a personnel search committee which, because of name or other identifying information, would reveal the identity of an executive level employment candidate without the consent of such candidate; or
            (3)  Require any public agency to transcribe the content of any voice mail message and retain such record for any period of time.  As used in this subdivision, “voice mail” means all information transmitted by voice for the sole purpose of its electronic receipt, storage and playback by a public agency.  (P.A. 75-342, §3; P.A. 79-118; P.A. 87-568, §3; P.A. 94-246, §15; P.A. 97-47, §6; P.A. 04-171, §1.)